(And hopefully, tear free.)
Halloween is going to be upon us before you know it. And while the jury’s still out on whether my 3-year-old daughter will choose to be the Pottery Barn Unicorn or Disney Store Rapunzel, I thought it would be a good time to share some Halloween safety tips.
Call me paranoid (it’s okay my husband already does :-)), but I always like to prepare, strategize and overthink when it comes to safety. Then my mind is put to rest and I can just enjoy the festivities. So without further ado, here are some tips for keeping your Halloween evening trick-free:
- Use light reflective tape and have the kiddos carry glow sticks so drivers can easily see everyone.
- If your child is going to be wearing a mask, make sure their vision isn’t obstructed so as to prevent trips and falls.
- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
- Put your child’s name, address and phone number on the inside of their costume in case of an accident or if they get lost.
- Make sure their shoes are comfortable and easy for them to walk in.
- Tell your children not to eat treats until you have checked them.
- Eat a full meal prior to going out so he/she won’t be tempted to eat treats before they can be properly checked.
- Visit only the homes in your neighborhood that are well lit.
- Meet up with friends and travel in a group, rather than venturing out with your kids solo.
- Carry a flashlight to light the way for your group.
- Cross streets at corners, never from between two vehicles.
- Remind everyone to stop and look before crossing the street.
- Walk on the sidewalk or facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
- Watch for cars driving into or backing out of driveways.
Treats — Give them a safety check:
- Check for holes or loose wrappers, pour powdered candy into a container and look for discoloration or lumps.
- Homemade treats should only be eaten if you are absolutely sure they came from a safe source.
While handing out treats:
- Do not light candles around the walkways. If you would like luminaries or to light a jack-o-lantern, use a battery operated light source or glow stick.
- Keep walkways unobstructed and well lit.
- Don’t let anyone you don’t know into your home.
Did I miss anything? What do you do to keep your littles safe on the 31st?
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